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Feed the Scrum Monkey

Much of our professional behavior has been taught and learned. What we see from our colleagues is often just the shell around the oyster. This becomes really clear when we get under pressure. When cortisol levels rise, you (yes, you too) will fall back on your 'basic'...

Why (the hell) scrum?

When you ask an IT company: 'Why do you work with Scrum?'. Most likely you will get an comparison with an older variant developing process like Waterfall. Then I say: 'What will that help you, if you don't know what waterfall exactly is?' So I'll try to explain why we...

Beware of Agile!

I don't know where to begin, so I'll start to tell you that it is for a fact that Scrum Masters often are pulling their hair out. Why is my team slowing down? Why is there a decrease in velocity? What happened? Is scrum failing? Is Agility failing? Am I failing? We...

The Reference Wall Pitfall

Let's summon some things up from the previous post on the reference wall. When you finished a user story, you put this on the reference wall confirm the story points it has taken you to finish completely. When you miss estimated the story, you estimate again and place...

The Reference Wall

Last month, I've seen something remarkable. These are the moments, things occur to me, which are so obvious, that I could not have missed that, but I did! It's how the magic happens in teams. What am I talking about? You know planning poker, do you? If you don't, it's...

The three phases of User Stories

The three phases for user Stories In my former blog (Best Practices for Agile Scrum)  I concluded that making User Stories takes three phases. It's now time to put it to practice. For the three phases we created a Trello board for the user stories which we need to...

Best practices for Agile Scrum

Best practices for Agile Scrum Summary We know what scrum really is now. And we found out that it’s not about only stick to the rules. It’s about bending the rules to fit to the team. In the last years we learned that the scrum rules don’t work when you just apply...